Westhill triathlete Lewis Murchie put in an encouraging early season performance last weekend at Monikie.
The severe weather throughout November and December had decimated the usual triple series of races but in the end, event organisers managed a double-header, which concluded on Sunday in bright sunshine at Monikie Country Park, near Dundee.
Race 2 was over a slightly shorter distance for the two runs than race 1 had been, and Lewis managed to improve his combined standing from 16th to a top ten finish overall whilst also taking the Junior title, and a cheque for £25.
Lewis’s time last Sunday for the 4k/20k/4k race was 1hr 14.25, showing the best improvement from race 1 of all competitors.
Lewis said: “I had a bit to prove to myself after race 1, where I underestimated how hard the course was and hadn’t fuelled up sufficiently to cope, which really showed in my second run.
“This time, although a slightly shorter run, I felt good throughout and, despite heavy winds on the bike leg, I had plenty left for the final 4k run.
“Hopefully the additional work I’ve been putting in to improve my running is starting to pay off”.
Lewis’s father Jon said: “Considering there was a strong field amongst the 70 odd competitors, including experienced cyclists/runners from strong clubs, this was clearly a solid base from which Lewis can build things up in the months ahead, particularly since his strengths in the water are still to be seen and often give him an advantage.”
Banchory’s Eleanor Robertson was the Female Junior winner in a time of 3hr 12.43.
Lewis will next compete in the Kings Aberdeen University Aquathlon on 19th March, followed by the Standard-distance Scottish Championship Duathlon at Stirling on March 27.